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Carolina Hurricanes hire Dean Chynoweth as assistant coach

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Chynoweth will fill the role that was left vacant after Steve Smith’s departure.

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The Carolina Hurricanes have announced they have hired Dean Chynoweth to be their next assistant coach. Chynoweth will fill a gap in Rod Brind’Amour’s coaching roster after Steve Smith departed for the Buffalo Sabres.

Chynoweth served as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders from 2009-2012, his only coaching experience at the NHL level. He most recently was an assistant coach with the Vancouver Giants, helping lead the team to a WHL playoff berth. Before that, he coached the AHL affiliates of the Colorado Avalanche in Cleveland and San Antonio for four seasons.

It is unclear what Chynoweth’s role will be but it is presumed he will fill Smith’s role, presiding over the defense and penalty kill. The release from the team is below.

CANES HIRE DEAN CHYNOWETH AS ASSISTANT COACH

Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has hired Dean Chynoweth to serve as assistant coach.

”Dean brings a great deal of experience as both a player and a coach to the organization,” said Waddell. ”His knowledge of the game and attitude will be assets for our players.”

Chynoweth, 49, served as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders for three seasons from 2009-12. Last season, he served as associate coach with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Chynoweth helped lead the Giants to a 36-27-6-3 record and a berth in the WHL playoffs. Prior to joining the Giants, Chynoweth served as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliates in Cleveland and San Antonio for four seasons (2012-16). He has also served as head coach of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds (2000-04) and Swift Current Broncos (2004-09).

The Calgary native was drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round, 13th overall, in the 1987 NHL Draft. Chynoweth recorded 22 points (4g, 18a) in 241 career NHL games with the NY Islanders and Boston. He also appeared in 209 AHL games with Springfield, Capital District and Providence, earning 40 points (10g, 30a).